Friends of the Kaw Day of Giving

One day. One purpose. One river.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Friends of the Kaw Family,

I’m excited to announce our first ever Day of Giving on October 11, 2022. This is a special day bringing everyone together for one purpose…one goal…one River.

Now more than ever, FOK needs your support. The FOK Board and anonymous donors are challenging all of us to give. We have an opportunity to double our impact with a matching gift challenge. If we meet the challenge, our gifts will be matched dollar for dollar.

The goal is to raise $10,000 by midnight on October 11 to secure the $10,000 matching gift challenge.

Click and donate at this link Day of Giving between Oct 2 – Oct 11.

If you prefer to mail a check, send to the address below with “Day of Giving” in the memo line:

     Friends of the Kaw

     P.O. Box 1612

     Lawrence, KS 66044

Included are incentives for first-time donors, lapsed donors, the very first donor (12:01 am on Oct 11), the very last donor (11:59 pm on Oct 11), and the 31st donor in honor of our 31st anniversary.

Let’s come together to make a difference and secure the future of our beloved Kansas River.

For the River,

Dawn Buehler

Kansas Riverkeeper & Executive Director

Q & A to the most common questions about Day of Giving

What is Day of Giving?

FOK’s first ever online fundraising event. It is ONE DAY to motivate all in the FOK family to make a donation.

What is a Matching Gift Challenge?

A matching gift challenge is a ‘challenge’ given to donors to raise money within a certain timeframe. If the challenge is complete, then the FOK Board and anonymous donors will match our donations dollar for dollar. Our goal is to raise $10,000. If so, FOK will receive an additional $10,000 from the FOK Board and anonymous donors. Your donation makes a difference.

How do I donate?

Click and donate at this link Day of Giving between Oct 2 – Oct 11.

If you prefer to mail a check, send to the address below with “Day of Giving” in the memo line:

     Friends of the Kaw

     P.O. Box 1612

     Lawrence, KS 66044

What is the processing fee on the online donation form?

There is a small credit card processing fee with each online donation. Some donors choose to cover the fee. If you do not wish to cover this fee, simply uncheck the processing fee box.

What does my gift support?

The River Fund, which does basically everything such as:

●    Supplies and disposal fees for cleanups to remove old tires, battery cases, trash, refrigerators, cars, boats, etc.

●    Critical advocacy efforts to protect the river’s water quality, protect the river’s water quantity, fully fund water at the legislature, prepare for climate change, reduce microplastics and stop in-river sand and gravel mining.

●    Respond to pollution events on the river and pushes to get them cleaned up and the polluter held accountable. 

●    Encourages a “Get Outdoors” mentality to enjoy the Kansas River with family/friends and through our community and beginner paddles, beginner camping weekends and educational experiences. 

●    Ecosystem restoration projects such as replacing invasive plants with native grasses to protect water quality.

●    Develop the next generation of river advocates by delivering stormwater education to children.

●    Purchase water quality testing equipment to measure the vitality of the Kansas River. Our actions on land affect the quality of our water. Pollutants, excessive nutrients from fertilizers, and sediment frequently get carried into the Kansas River from runoff.

Why should I participate in Day of Giving?

The support from people like you – our FOK Family – is crucial to providing opportunities and advocacy for the Kansas River. FOK is a non-governmental public advocate and all of our funding comes from donors like you and grant programs.  Each and every donation truly makes a difference.

Can I give before October 11?

Yes! Whether you give online or through the mail, all gifts from Oct 2 thru midnight on Oct 11 will count towards our Day of Giving.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes! You will receive a tax receipt via email if you give online. All donors who mail a check will receive a tax receipt letter.

There is an error with my transaction. What do I do?

Thank you for trying to make a gift! Sometimes switching browsers or digital devices helps. If you still need help with your gift, please email Dawn Buehler

Kansas Riverkeeper & Executive Director,

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